Nathalie Pirotte (born 1965, Albertville) is a Belgian painter who lives and works in Brussels. Women portraits are central to the painting work of Nathalie Pirotte. Specialized in masked portraits, she likes to play with media pictures in a copy-paste and recycling sense. The female artist draws her inspiration from movies, pink colors, animals, laces, flowers and hybridizations of all kinds. This is not only a research on identity but also on the medium of painting in the era of Photoshop. Oscillating between surrealism and pop culture, the mythological and the porn, her figurative work on the issue of the seduction of painting takes the form of the seduction as a woman.
Nathalie Pirotte paints mainly seductive women, which she transforms into anonymous subjects by literally erazing their face with paint. In Effigies, an intriguing series of women with animal heads, she clearly explores and interrogates female stereotypes. Created with the gaze of a female artist, the women portraits feature both eroticism and feminism. Depicting beautiful and apparently strong women, the construction of the female identity stands at the centre of Nathalie Pirotte's art work.